APN buys Echo
APN News & Media announced yesterday that it had purchased The Northern Rivers Echo, a community newspaper in the Lismore district.
The paper will join a suite of other media products also owned by APN News & Media in northern NSW, led by The Northern Star newspaper, which provides local, regional and world news to Lismore and district.
The acquisition had been delayed by an ACCC investigation which resulted in their approval of the the transaction.
The area general manager, Mr Paul Spotswood, said The Northern Rivers Echo, which currently prints 22,500 papers distributed free each Thursday, would retain its existing management and editorial structures.
The Northern Star also publishes The Byron Shire News, The Ballina Shire Advocate, The Richmond River Express Examiner, The River Town Times and The Farmer Bulletin.